Friday, May 6, 2016

CD Review: Rick Wakeman Collects Cover Songs For "Starship Trooper"

Legendary rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman recently released a compilation of some of his greatest cover songs titled "Starship Trooper." The Purple Pyramid label gathered together his renditions of classic songs by The Doors, Pink Floyd and The Who among others incorporating the help of Steve Hillage, Nik Turner, Steve Howe and William Shatner.

The new thirteen-song release starts out with one of two newly discovered unreleased tracks, the syth-fueled, prog-rock feel of Tool's dark-toned song "Sober." Wakeman takes control of "Are We To Believe" steering the ship with his intense keyboard skills, before delivering a spot-on rendition of The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me," just without Roger Daltrey's iconic vocals. Billy Sherwood lends his talents to the Supertramp track "Crime Of The Century," then Wakemen delivers an emotional version of Pink Floyd's "Great Gig In The Sky." The title song brings Wakeman back to his days with YES as he delivers an eight-minute version of "Starship Trooper" with Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship) on vocals. The album finishes with William Shatner reading through the lyrics of "Change" and an orchestral version of The Doors' "Light My Fire."

Rick Wakeman has a handful of live shows scattered over the next couple months, including an appearance at the Stone Free Festival in London in June. To find out more about Rick Wakeman and his latest release "Starship Trooper," please visit

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